MVC :: Instantiating SelectList In Code?

Feb 25, 2011

I had been building my SelectLists in the View, but I found examples doing it in code that I liked better. Now I'm creating one of my SelectLists like this:


And all is good, but I'm not sure how to do two things. First, I'd like to add an initial SelectListItem that prompts the user to select a value. When instantiating the SelectList in a loop this is easy, but I was hoping to keep this approach. The second problem is setting the default selected item. In the constructor it shows the 4th parameter to be used for this purpose, but I'm not certain how to do it. There's a property of this object named "DefaultView". It's a boolean, and I'd like that to determine the selected state. Is this possible?

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